updated 5/3/2011 1:17:07 PM ET 2011-05-03T17:17:07

NEW YORK, May 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The more a person travels on business, the less healthy they are likely to be, according to a new study, "Business Travel and Self-rated Health, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors" published in the April 2011 edition of the Journal of American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The study, conducted by Andrew G. Rundle, DrPH, of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, used medical records data of over 13,000 de-identified patients provided by EHE International for associations between business travel and cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Nearly 80 percent of EHE International patients traveled at least one night per month, the study found. One percent were extensive travelers, defined as spending 20-plus nights per month away from home.

Extensive travelers rates of good health decreased as nights of travel increased. And, extensive travelers were a whopping 260 percent more likely to rate their health as either fair or poor, compared with light travelers.

EHE International provides annual routine screening physical examinations as part of its corporate wellness plan. These examinations are provided largely at no cost to employees.

To contribute to further understanding of patterns defining health and wellness, EHE International created the Life Extension Research Institute (LERI) to use aggregated, de-identified medical data for medical and public health research studies. "The vast amount of clinical data collected each year by EHE is stripped of any identifying information," says Rundle, also a member of the Medical Advisory Board at EHE International "and used to help further our understanding of how to prevent and detect disease."

Medical data collected by EHE International has been used to study the value of colon cancer screening between the age of 40 and 50 and the effects of obesity on PSA based screening for prostate cancer. Research based on EHE data has been regularly cited in both the medical literature and in the lay media.

By providing the de-identified data for research, EHE International is positioned to provide new disease prevention and wellness strategies to other businesses to fight disease among employees and their families and highlight disease prevention, detection and wellness strategies in the media.

ABOUT EHE INTERNATIONAL

Since 1913, EHE International has been the recognized leader in preventive medicine. Its clinical protocols are specifically designed for the early detection of preventable disease and its associated risk factors, supported by robust personal coaching and wellness tools and resources, and its industry leading educational and social engagement platforms. The company is well-known for its corporate-sponsored employee benefit and its patient-centered approach to preventive care and life-style management programs specifically designed for integration into self-funded employer-sponsored medical plans.

For more information, log onto www.EHEandMe.com .

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CONTACT: EHE International
         Nicholas Danielides
         Nick@danielides.net
         212-319-7566

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